Family Advocacy promotes healthy home environment
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles on helping agencies and services provided to ensure Airmen and families remain resilient during their overseas tour.
Though there are certain challenges in the military lifestyle, Airmen with dependents tend to encounter additional difficulties on top of moving, deployments, school and illness.
There are many other potential stress factors that can get in the way, but finding and utilizing the proper resources is important to maintain a healthy family lifestyle.
The 51st Medical Operation Squadron family advocacy office helps families with maintaining an important balance between military and home life.
Family advocacy supports education, prevention and treatment of family maltreatment involving active duty members and their families.
"We assess for safety and provide necessary tools to assist families for healthy, constructive relationships and to prevent any sort of maltreatment," said Capt. Candee Berck, 51st MDOS family advocacy element chief. "We know relationships can sometimes carry stress. Our job here is to help reduce that as much as possible."
The family advocacy office offers various types of counseling to support military families, called family advocacy strength-based therapy, FAST, helps with physical, emotional and sexual maltreatment and neglect of family members.
"Every relationship is unique, so there is no cookie cutter answer for each case," said Berck. "We meet and identify needs for each family or couple that we see to help create a solution for managing their lifestyle."
In addition, family advocacy here (and at Camp Humphreys) hosts classes in a variety of topics. Some of the classes are listed below.
Love & Logic, 1-2-3 Magic, Active Parenting of Teens- Various parenting classes for children from newborn to teen
FASES- (Family Advocacy Safety Education Seminar) discusses abuse, anger, stress parenting, impact of abuse, etc.
Teen Talk Plus- Gives teens a chance to discuss issues important to them
Stress Management- A three-class commitment with a facilitator who discusses stress and how to deal with it. There is a scaled down version of this class called Stress Awareness.
Anger Management- A four-class commitment with a facilitator who discusses anger management and concepts of "good" and "bad" anger. There is a scaled down version of this class called Anger Awareness.
Dads 101- Volunteering fathers assist men who are new to fatherhood
Located only on Camp Humphreys-
Romp & Stomp- Playdate with the New Parent Support program for children age newborn to three years. This is offered at the Zoeckler Gym on Camp Humphreys every Monday and Wednesday.
Nursing program- For new and pregnant mothers who need assistance with nursing and helping families baby-proof their homes
Couples Communication- Helps improve conversations and connections between spouses
"Prevention of maltreatment is key to helping keep marriage and families together," said Berck.
Families wanting to learn more about programs designed to help maintain healthy lifestyles are urged to contact family advocacy on their installation or through militaryonesource.mil.
For more information on base family advocacy programs, contact them at 784-5010 or Camp Humphreys family advocacy at 753-8401.